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Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.

Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

The northern Rhône Valley is responsible for single-varietal Syrah, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2009 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 2008  Front Label
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    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007  Front Label
    Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2007
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2006  Front Label
    Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 2013  Front Label
    Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 2013
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Lucien Albrecht Grand Cru Pfingstberg Pinot Gris 2015  Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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  • Bruno Paillard Brut Assemblage 2009  Front Label
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol  2011 Front Label
    Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pommery Cuvee Louise Brut Nature 2004  Front Label
    Pommery Cuvee Louise Brut Nature 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Pommery Cuvee Louise  2004  Front Label
    Pommery Cuvee Louise 2004
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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